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Bethany Erickson

06/03/19 2:00pm

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We have affordable castle living in Scotland, a conceptual house in a rock, a man-made island in Dubai that is FINALLY ready, and an amazing fixer in the woods in Idaho.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

Castle Life, But No Castle Dollars? Head to Scotland

Want to live in a castle, but don’t have castle coffers? The historic Dalnair Castle in Loch Lomond — roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow, Scotland — may be the answer.

The castle has been converted into 10 luxurious two and three-bed apartments, Glasgow Live reported.

“Since its purchase by FM Group in 2016, the castle has undergone a £3.3 million refurbishment,” the story said. “Built in 1884 by Glasgow merchant, Thomas Brown, on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House, the castle boasts a striking tower and Tudor-arched doorway.” (more…)

06/01/19 2:00pm
Bella Vista

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 14th city on the list — Clemson, South Carolina. This week, we look at Bella Vista, Arkansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

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“This relatively small town is home to just 27,600 people and has amazing weather and lovely natural surroundings for active retirees,” MoneyWise said. “In addition to its seven lakes, hardwood forests, and many walking trails, homeowners can also choose from several golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and shooting ranges for low monthly fees.”

“With a median home price of $102,000 and a median monthly rent of $895, Bella Vista is a truly affordable spot to settle down.”

Want to see what we found in Bella Vista? Let’s jump! (more…)

05/31/19 2:30pm

buckinghamNo word on where Fleetwood Mac rocker Lindsey Buckingham is heading to next, but he and his wife have turned into quite the real estate investors — and their latest home, a true celebrity compound in Brentwood, California, is now up for grabs.

Realtor.com reports that Buckingham and his interior designer wife Kristen bought a 1.2-acre double lot for $6.6 million in 2004, and have listed the custom home they built and decorated for $29.5 million. Several years ago, the two bought a $5.8 million lot and built a spec home, and eventually sold it for $19 million.

This latest listing is very private, sitting behind double gates and tons of lush landscaping. Inside, the main home is full of Old-World, European touches, without feeling stuffy. (more…)

05/27/19 9:00am

mansionAnne Rice’s former New Orleans mansion got another price haircut, you can’t get in or out of Bali right now, we’re ogling a gorgeous abode on Manhattan Beach, California, and we also find out what cities are tops when it comes to summer destinations.

This is what we’ve been reading. What are you reading?

Anne Rice’s Former NOLA Mansion Gets Another Price Reduction

We’ve written about the New Orleans mansion that author Anne Rice once called home — it was first listed in 2017 at $5 million, and the price was reduced to $4.5 million last year. (more…)

05/25/19 1:00pm
Clemson

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 15th city on the list — Brevard, North Carolina. This week, we look at Clemson, South Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located just two hours from Atlanta, Georgia, this growing college town is still an affordable spot to retire,” MoneyWise said. “Median home selling price is currently about $180,000, but naturally pricing varies by neighborhood.”

“The west side of town is close to the college — home to the famous Clemson Tigers football team — so it’s both a livelier and louder part of town during the school year. Clemson is considered to be very friendly to newcomers and offers plenty of continued learning opportunities and a good tax base for retirees.”

Want to see what we found in Clemson? Let’s jump! (more…)

05/22/19 12:30pm
Florida

Vanderbilt Beach (Photo courtesy Collier County, Florida).

A charter member of the SecondShelters.com fan club touched base with us recently to let us know about a great Naples, Florida, property close to two amazing beaches, fine dining, and more — and the Florida Traditional she showed us? Her own.

Heidi Boetsch-Loewinsohn, a Realtor with Caine Premier Properties, said her three-bedroom, two bath home has been recently landscaped and beautifully updated, and has 1,886 square feet of well-appointed living space that is close to quite a bit of the best things the area has to offer.

“It is in an incredible location, within biking distance to two of the top ten beaches in the country, Vanderbilt Beach and Delnor Wiggins State Park,” Loewinsohn said.

 

Vanderbilt Beach Park is in a prime location near upscale hotels and more, with plenty of room for visitors to enjoy its white sands. Delnor Wiggins is known as one of the most pristine stretches of beaches in the world, where visitors come to sunbathe, paddle board, kayak, hike, bird watch, picnic and more.

Delnor Wiggins State Park (Photo courtesy Florida State Parks)

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05/20/19 12:45pm
Game of Thrones

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If the series finale of Game of Thrones was not enough for you, we have just the story for you. Check out that, plus some great travel recommendations, a warning about Airbnb, and a great Cliff May original up for grabs.

This is what we’ve been reading. What are you reading?

Can’t Quit Game of Thrones? Five Spots You Can Visit

Doune Castle courtesy Viator

Love the ending, hate the ending, if you aren’t ready to give up Game of Thrones, there are five spots where you can get your Baratheon on, Hypebeast explains. (more…)

05/18/19 8:40am
Brevard

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 16th city on the list — Lawrence, Kansas. This week, we look at Brevard, North Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $400,000.

“Sometimes called ‘the land of waterfalls,’ the teeny town of Brevard has a mild climate and is surrounded by scenic mountains and natural spaces,” MoneyWise said. “With a population of less than 8,000 people, you’ll definitely get to know your neighbors!

“This town offers many outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as a small and friendly downtown area. Transylvania Community Hospital is the main health service provider nearby.”

Want to see what we found in Brevard? Let’s jump! (more…)